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Y Team Guidelines for Bible Study Gatherings and Discussions

Learning about the Jesus of history, the one we call Yeshua, transforms our understanding of the one over two billion people today call Jesus Christ. I have been researching and studying the Jesus of history and his words from English translations, Greek manuscripts and reconstructed Hebrew texts for over 30 years now with scholars, professors, rabbis, ministers and a lot of sincere students of the Bible. Over the years I created guidelines and models for the people that I study with to follow and use when we gather to study the words of the Bible. They make our Bible Study gatherings very different from other Bible study groups. Learn more about our guidelines and models at -- https://theyeshuateam.blogspot.com/2017/11/y-team-guidelines-for-bible-study.html

The Handbook of the Kingdom of Heaven Movement

If you had been a member of Yeshua’s group in the first century, there is little doubt that you would have heard Yeshua quote from and teach the following words. They are found in your Bible in ten chapters of Isaiah, chapters 51 through 61. I would like to suggest that you first read the version below and get a feel for what hearing Yeshua read it would have been like. You can use the online version, but it would be even better if you print the pdf version.
http://www.biblicalheritage.org/yeshua-movement-handbook.html

Getting the “Jameses” in the Bible Straight

Few readers of the English Bible realize that the name “James” actually comes from the Hebrew name Jacob or Yaaqov, which adds to the confusion over the various “Jameses” mentioned in the New Testament. There is, of course, Jacob the Patriarch, grandson of Abraham; James the Apostle, the fisherman brother of John and one of the two sons of Zebedee (Mark 4:21); “James the Less,” and several others. Ironically, the most obscure, and surely the most important James as “James the brother of Jesus,” known subsequently as “James the Just.” takes a bit of analysis. Read James Tabor’s complete blog at -- https://jamestabor.com/jesus-his-brother-james-and-peter-when-a-picture-is-worth-more-than-a-thousand-words/

Lives 1st or Profits 1st?

When we began our journey over twenty-five years ago, our focus was on religion and in our wildest dreams we could have never imagined what we would discover over the next two and a half decades. Jeffrey Leynor was the rabbi at a Conservative synagogue and I (Jim Myers) was the minister of a nondenominational church. One of the primary things we wanted to understand was how two Jewish sects became two mutually exclusive monotheistic religions – one Jewish and one non-Jewish. But ultimately we learned much more – read entire blog at https://lives1st.blogspot.com/2017/11/lives-1st-or-profits-1st.html

Perfecting is the Goal, Not Perfection

I have been involved in and coached youth sports (first grade to varsity) for many years. One thing I never expected from my players was perfection – “You must be perfect to be part of the team.” But, I have spoken with many Christians that believed that “being perfect” is what Yeshua, the Jesus of history, expects from them. Read the complete blog at -- https://theyeshuateam.blogspot.com/2017/11/perfecting-is-goal-not-perfection.html

Jots and Tittles

Amen! I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law . . . (Matthew 5:18)

What are jots and tittles? One thing they are is evidence that Yeshua, the Jesus of history, and his followers were very familiar with the Hebrew language. Read complete blog at -- https://theyeshuateam.blogspot.com/2017/11/jots-and-tittles.html

Tackling the Big Elephant in the Room - The Afterlife

Beliefs about the afterlife -- “salvation” -- are the biggest barriers keeping many Christians from straying away from their long held beliefs. This is completely understandable when so much is at stake in their minds – spending eternity in Heaven or Hell! Read the complete blog at -- https://theyeshuateam.blogspot.com/2017/11/tackling-big-elephant-in-room-afterlife.html

Yeshua, the Jesus of history, and the Hebrew Language

One of the cultural factors we learned about Yeshua, the Jesus of history, in a previous study is that he read and spoke Hebrew. Today we are going to examine one of the sources of that information. It is found in Luke 4:16-17. See pictures and read the complete blog at --
https://theyeshuateam.blogspot.com/2017/11/yeshua-and-hebrew-language.html

Valuing Lives 1st Requires Examining Religious Belief Systems

Two subjects that most people try to avoid are discussions about politics and religion, especially with strangers. Of course, politics and religion just happen to be two major factors in many of the conflicts and issues that are dividing Americans today. So, if people who live in a democracy won’t or are unable to find mutually beneficial ways to discuss things, how will those conflicts and issues be resolved? Read the complete blog at -- https://lives1st.blogspot.com/2017/11/valuing-lives-1st-requires-examining.html

Y Team Linguistic Bible Study Method

Developing your Bible study skills is one of the most important things you can do to accurately understand the life and words of Yeshua, the Jesus of history. We use a Linguistic Method of Bible Study, a science based model. Our goal is to discover what Yeshua’s words meant to him. Click here to learn more about our method – http://www.biblicalheritage.org/y-team-bible-study-method.html
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